A review in NY Times of the book by Prof. Jonathan Silvertown at Britain’s Open University, Dr. makes interesting observations, on the biological question of longevity. Basically, Prof. Silvertown points out: The puzzle of longevity is not why we die so soon but rather why we live so long.
According to Prof. Silvertown, for most of history, living creatures were single cells that reproduced by dividing. But once evolution produced multicellularity, reproduction and survival were separated, and hemmed in by new risk-benefit calculations. Cell division had to persist for purposes of reproduction and repair, but it also had to be controlled, for uncontrolled division means cancer – a brutal reminder that long life is a precarious achievement. Therefore, human beings, though probably limited to less than a century, are still a particularly lucky conglomeration of organic matter in life’s long mortal parade.
Life span is inextricably linked to nutrition, environment and genetics, all operating under an evolutionary mandate to optimize the species. Over the last century, human life span has increased by nearly a quarter. However, further studies and efforts continue to engage the scientific community for everybody demands more from life.
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